2013 Political Training Academy Scheduled for February 9-15
June 29, 2012 – The IAFF will hold its 17th annual
Political Training Academy February 9-15, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland. Online
applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012. The deadline
for submitting an application is November 13, 2012.
The Political Training Academy teaches IAFF members - or
immediate family members - who are running or plan to run for public elected
office how to engage with campaigns in leadership roles and how to assess the
strengths and weaknesses of campaigns seeking union support.
The Political Training Academy offers training on a variety of campaign topics,
as well as a campaign simulation exercise. The training portion includes
workshops on campaign planning, targeting, fundraising, polling, messaging and
get-out-the-vote, as well as other campaign related topics. Trainers include
high-level operatives and consultants from the campaign world, most with decades
of campaign experience at all levels of elective office.
Applications will only be accepted online and all applicants must submit a
letter of recommendation from their local president to be eligible for
Due to the nature of the training provided at the Political Training Academy,
class size is limited to 50 participants, and only one person from any local
will be considered for acceptance. Successful applicants must also commit to
attending the entire Political Training Academy to receive the full benefit of
the program. While the IAFF covers the cost of lodging, meals and conference
materials, participants are responsible for their own transportation costs to
and from Baltimore and any additional lodging days outside of the Political
Training Academy period.